Apart from his very first participation, in 2007, at barely twenty years old (defeat against David Ferrer), Novak Djokovic has always maintained the excellent habit of starting his Masters with a victory. He did not want to confirm the rule by an exception, Sunday, in London, surpassing the Italian Matteo Berrettini, who seemed to walk on eggs, for his very first steps in the Masters tournament (6-2, 6 -1 in 1:03).
Qualified in extremis for this Masters (thanks to the defeat of Gael Monfils against Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals at Bercy), the Italian handball physicist has never been able to develop his tennis at the O2 Arena. An easy smash "baduf", from the second game, said a lot about his tension. A simple forehand in the net, a few minutes later, confirmed his lack of relaxation and offered the break to a Djokovic who had to apply, without much to do, to watch turn the score in the right direction .
200 ATP points, fast, well done
Not even half an hour, half of the way was accomplished for the world number two, author of only three unforced errors in the initial set, against seventeen to his opponent! Berrettini built his season on the two pillars of his forehand and serve, but neither was successful on Sunday.
As in addition to Djokovic rose a tone, in terms of accuracy and weight in the ball, from the start of the second run, the score has marched (6-2, 4-0 in 50 minutes) and if the Italian could steal a game of opposing service, it was a small hitch without consequences.